Tokyo Correspondent for USA Today, and Tokyo-based freelance journalist. Experienced in print, broadcast and online journalism. Specialising in defense, national security, international relations, business and economics. Have traveled widely in Japan and the Asia-Pafic region and have written on a wide variety of subjects. Formerly defense correspondent for USA Today, in Washington DC, and CBS News in London; covered frontline combat in Iraq and Afghanistan and other conflicts and hostile environments around the world. 1990 Jefferson Fellow at East-West Center in Honolulu; B.A. in journalism from the University of Hawaii. See www.kirkspitzer.com for clips, audio and video and other.